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Take Wings Foundation

Helping Our Youth Take Wings and Soar

Our Mission

We are dedicated to our mission to raise the self-esteem of at-risk girls between the ages of
12-18 living in the San Francisco Bay Area by providing positive experiences and role modeling.

Terri J. Vaughn
Award winning actress and San Francisco native, gives back.

In 1997, Terri realized her dream of giving back to her community with the birth of Take Wings Foundation. Since its inception, the foundation has served hundreds of San Francisco Bay Area youth who reside in at-risk communities.

Founder’s Statement

Take Wings Foundation Supports and Mentors Youth

TWF promotes self-sufficiency, supports healthy youth development
and provides access to academic scholarships.

Learn & Serve

Workshops, senior retreats, scholarships, community service projects and annual holiday dinners are some of the programs that youth actively participate in year round. Exposure to positive role models and unique experiences further supports the vision of TWF to encourage its participants to dream outside of the limitations of their current environments.

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Youth Registration

TWF provides a variety of year-long activities for youth that gives them support for education and self-sufficiency, chances to interact with positive role models, access to academic scholarships and awards, and opportunities to participate in community service initiatives. We encourage you to participate. Register Today!

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Events & Activities

The Take Wings Foundation hosts events and activities all year-long. Through their participation in the skill-building activities, young women have an opportunity to learn communication and negotiation skills, to think critically, to solve problems and make independent decisions. They also have a safe space where they can discuss personal issues and concerns.

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Rave Reviews: Thank You Take Wings Foundation

We are fully dedicated to helping our young participants live up to their full potential.
Check out what our participants are saying about the Take Wings Founcation.

I have Take Wings to thank for my confidence as a woman. The empowerment classes we took geared towards women prepared me for life as a young lady. I now believe I can follow my dreams, I can make mistakes and I am still ok! Thank you Take Wings for helping me to embrace all of me and believing in me.
Imani Carter, TWF Participant 2008-2011
Being around “STRONG BLACK” women was very inspiring. After high school I attended Contra Costa College. I was struggling to the point of almost becoming homeless. I joined the Navy. Now, I am a third class in the Navy with a beautiful baby and fiancee. I’ve traveled the world and I am finishing up my AA degree for child psychology. Thank you for everything and for inspiring me to be something and never giving up on my dreams.
Ebony Cummings, TWF Participant 2005-2007
I always enjoy participating in Take Wings activities. I have learned alot about how to make healthy decisions and use so much of what I learn in my every day life. I know that I will be a strong woman and will go for all of my dreams no matter what. Take Wings staff encourages girls to never give up. I have had to deal with some difficult things and with the support that I receive from Take Wings they seem a little less difficult!
E'Niyah Wilson, TWF Participant 2010-Current

Donate to TWF

TWF is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, education and health of youth,
and with your support and commitment, we will succeed in achieving these goals.

TWF is a non-profit organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code,
Tax ID Number 71-0877586. Contributions are tax deductible to the limit allowed by law.

TWF Book Club

Help TWF youth purchase books and supplies for college. The proceeds from the TWF Book Club will be used to fund text books for inner city youth who complete all phases of the TWF program, and who are going to college to further their education. Your support will help them accomplish their goals.